Welcome to the Research Training Group “Natural hazards and risks in a changing world”

In the wake of changing hydro-climatological, geo-physical and socio-economic conditions the magnitude, frequency and impact of certain types of natural hazards are likely bound to change as well. This is highly of utmost importance for many regions in the world where risks due to natural hazards have to be managed and mitigated and this is where the new research training group “Natural hazards and risks in a changing world (NatRiskChange)” aims to foster the scientific knowledge basis. This research training group started on October 1st 2015 and is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG. The central goal of NatRiskChange is to pursue the development of methods to improve hazard and risk analysis and quantification based on the transient, non-stationary nature of hazards and risks in response to changing natural and anthropogenically altered components of the Earth system. Key scientific aims are the development, testing, and pilot application of studies on identification, quantification (mechanisms) and prediction of transient natural hazards and associated risks.

NatRiskChange brings together scientists from the fields of geosciences and mathematics, to tackle challenges of instationary and transient systems. We train outstanding young scientists in an interdisciplinary manner that will enable them to explore the complex structure of transient hydro-meteorological or geo-physical events. We have a strong collaboration among the following participating institutions: the hosting University of Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ as well as the external partners TU Vienna, VU Amsterdam, Deutsche Rück and Munich Re.